How to Style a Small Outdoor Dining Area

Cozy little back yard terrace with table and chair.

No matter what size and shape of outdoor living space you have, there are many beautiful dining table options that can elevate the area. Outdoor dining spaces are a great way to give family and friends a chance to get together and make new memories while enjoying their favorite activities. 

Consider these reconfigurations if you’re trying to decide how a backyard dining area can fit on your property.  


Have you ever admired the charm of European style bistros? You can get the look in your own backyard by combining two iron chairs with a matching round table. 

This style is perfect if you want a nice dining and entertainment spot but have a smaller deck. Bistro style furniture is an ideal solution for smaller families or couples who want to spend more time enjoying their backyard. It leaves a lot of open space for activities, while always looking elegant. 

Choose from a variety of chair and table styles like wooden, cushioned, aluminum, or even iron framed designs that give a more antiquated feel.  

If you want to make your space extra cozy, place a small rug under your bistro set for an instantly welcoming feel. Extra touches like lights and outdoor lamps tie everything together. 

Corner Booth

One of the best solutions for outdoor spaces, like decks or patios, is a well-crafted corner booth. L-shaped tables come in extensive options for both size and material, so you’ll be sure to find something that fits your aesthetic. 

Not only will everyone want to have dinner outdoors, but corners booths provide an ideal space for a quick breakfast. Your friends and family will love having the option to have their coffee in the beautiful outdoors whenever they like. 

Corner booths also give you the ability to watch your kids play while you eat because you’ll get all the benefits of a traditional table while saving a lot of space!

Wooden booth sets are a particularly great choice for the outdoors because they will resist a lot of signs of wear with little maintenance. 

Bar-Style Seating

For a beautiful space to eat and enjoy cocktails, try a bar-style seating area. This style fits perfectly into narrow spaces, so you won’t have to sacrifice space.

The best setup can be achieved with personalized bar cabinets. These unique cabinets are intended for the use of outdoor entertainment areas like bars. 

The back of the cabinet is extended by 4 inches and includes a 6 inch raised piece, meaning you can easily create your ideal bar without having a retaining wall. The bar stays firmly in place and maintains its structural integrity on its own. Avoid a lot of hard work and costly renovations by this intelligent design. 

If you’re looking for even more personalized options, choose a decorative backing panel on the bar cabinets, or give the backside of your bar island an elegant stone finish of your choice. 

The linear set up is a great investment for anyone wanting an elegant dining area that can be transformed to a bar by night.